Assistant Director – UK Seafarer - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
£57,855 - £66,533
15 Oct 2019
04 Nov 2019
Full Time
Contract Type



About the job

Are you interested in a role where you can have a significant impact on modernising international standards within the maritime industry, particularly on the training and certification of those who work at sea?

Do you pride yourself on your commitment to improve the working conditions for seafarers?

Are you excited by the opportunity to modernise and improve the service MCA’s UK Seafarer Services offer the seafarer, nautical colleges and wider maritime industry?

Do you want your role to matter, and truly make a difference to saving lives?

Job description

This is a rare opportunity to join our team as the Assistant Director for the UK Seafarer Service. You will be will be responsible for leading and governing the delivery of Seafarer Training, Certification and Health and Safety. Coming to us with your passion for excellence in training you will develop and implement policies relating to competency standards whilst promoting the health and safety of seafarers.

• Responsible and accountable for the leadership and governance of the MCA's UK Seafarer Services Team.

• Ensure the effective and efficient delivery of services relating to Seafarer training, certification, safety and health to our customers and partners

• Ensure that UK Seafarers Services supports development and implementation of International Conventions including STCW, STCW(F), Maritime Labour Convention, ILO 185, ILO188.

• Engage with stakeholders, both internal and external, regarding funding for seafarer training (SMarT and Apprenticeship funding).

• Promote the health and safety of seafarers by providing for seafarer medical examinations and by supporting safe working practices on board ship.

• Lead a review of the business processes for Seafarers Training and Certification within UK Seafarer Services identifying opportunities for modernisation and digitization of services offered to customers and partners.

About you:
Coming to us with excellent leadership and governance skills you will guide your team on an exciting journey. You will have the opportunity to raise the bar for standards not just in the UK but on a global platform – with the ability to really transform and modernise the way we work.

This is a fantastic opportunity to review and improve service delivery to seafarers, nautical colleges and the wider maritime industry, whilst ensuring the safety of seafarer’s remains paramount. You will be at the forefront of developing and implementing modern, innovative and digitilised solutions to enhance the service we offer our customers and partners.
Your fresh approach along with your extensive experience within nautical/maritime education make this move the natural next step for your career.
As an amazing communicator, you will confidently deliver messages in a clear and concise manner to a range of stakeholders applying a tailored approach to your audience.

CV and Personal Statement:
When preparing your CV and Personal Statement please show evidence of a proven track record in management and leadership of a dynamic customer focused team which must include experience within the maritime, seafarer training/education, higher education or H & S sectors.

Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

About us

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea.

Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas.

Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world.

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service

Benefits • Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension Things you need to know Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

The sift is due to take place on 6th November 2019.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held on 15th November 2019.

Interview location to be confirmed.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview
• an interview with one or more exercises
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:
• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Further Information
We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.
Any move to the Department for Transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Glenn Richardson Email :   Recruitment team : Email : Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission